'''Suspense''' is a feeling of pleasurable fascination and Anticipation (emotion)|excitement
mixed with apprehension, tension, and anxiety
developed from an unpredictable, mysterious, and rousing source of entertainment
. The term most often refers to an audience's perceptions in a dramatic work. Suspense is not exclusive to fiction. It may operate whenever there is a perceived suspended drama or a chain of cause is left in doubt, with tension being a primary emotion felt as part of the situation.
In the kind of suspense described by film director Alfred Hitchcock
, an audience experiences suspense when they expect something bad to happen and have (or believe they have) a superior perspective on events in the drama's hierarchy of knowledge, yet they are powerless to intervene to prevent it from happening. Films having a lot of suspense belong in the thriller (genre)|thriller
In broader definition of suspense, this emotion arises when someone...